Injured ex-servicemen to be given housing priority

It will help to ensure better availability of specially-adapted housing with features like walk-in bathrooms, wider door frames, lowered light switches, and entry slopes rather than steps, for service personnel as part of the Government’s commitment to support those injured in the service of their country.

The guidance will also reinforce changes to help make sure all members of the Armed Forces can also apply for social housing in areas in which they were based during their service. Previously, service personnel were restricted by the need to demonstrate a local connection beyond having served there.

Housing Minister Iain Wright said: "It is right that our servicemen and women who are seriously injured fighting for their country are given the housing support they deserve.

"These new rules mean service personnel must be treated as priority for specially adapted homes. We are determined to ensure our armed forces are recognised for their heroic efforts and helped in their transition to civilian life and getting a home."

Defence Minister Kevan Jones said: "We are determined to ensure that our seriously injured service personnel are rewarded for their sacrifice with the best possible package of support. It is only right that they are given top priority for specially-adapted homes to ensure that they and their families can live in the best possible accommodation."

Director General of The Royal British Legion Chris Simpkins said: "Housing was a key issue for the Legion’s ‘Honour the Covenant’ campaign, so we welcome this decision which will be of real benefit to those who have given so much for their country.

"We welcome the steady progress being made to restore balance to the Military Covenant, which this announcement signifies and which is so important for our Armed Forces."

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